Raindrops on Lilies

Posted by on Aug 8, 2011 in Experimental, Macro, Plants & Flowers, Water | 11 comments

As it turns out, it does rain in the desert – nearly every day for the past month, in fact. These day lilies are out in our flower box. They love the moisture, and I had fun playing with my macro lens, trying to get just the right angles and focus. For fun I ran the Moody Lustrous Pop action from The Coffee Shop Blog, and I loved how it turned out, especially with a little extra darkening along the edges and a grainy texture.


Yellow Flowers III

Posted by on Jul 8, 2011 in Experimental, Monochrome, Photography, Plants & Flowers | 13 comments

This is the third in a series of three posts where I applied radically different treatments to the same photo. (Click here and here to see the first two.)

Processing: I applied the Pioneer Woman action Vintage.


Delicate Arch – Old West Style

Posted by on May 31, 2009 in Desert, Experimental, Landscapes, Mountains | 17 comments

There are so many photos out there of Utah’s famous Delicate Arch that I wanted to do something a little different. To add a little flavor, I tried a bunch of actions and ended up with the Old West one by Pioneer Woman. I know it won’t be to everyone’s taste but I found it fun, and at least it’s different!

P.S. The photo was taken through a nearby arch, hence the black around the edges and the different angle.


A Little Rosie on the Side

Posted by on May 6, 2009 in Cat Obsession, Experimental, Macro, Monochrome, Photography | 9 comments

New version of Photoshop, new pictures, and, as it turns out, new template. The last part was an oops when I broke my previous template and figured it was time to find something I liked better. After all, getting it set up shouldn’t be a problem, right?

Okay, I’ll wait until you stop laughing.

That’s better. Anyway, I’m not totally satisfied with this template, but it’ll do for now until I get better at CSS, some poor soul on the WordPress forums comes to my rescue, or I find something else I like even better. Or I could finally bite the bullet and move to Pixelpost. That option would mean losing all of my comments and redoing each and every one of my posts by hand. Tasty.

Oh, yes. And about the picture. That’s Rosie. First thing I did when I got home from work on Monday was open my shiny new box of Photoshop CS4 and get to work. And might I say, WOW? (Actually, WOW!!!) A little time, a guidebook, a few of Pioneer Woman’s actions, a lot of patience, and way too many photos of cats and flowers later and, well, I’ve started to get a handle on the program. Yippee.

Now to catch up on everything I wasn’t doing while tooling around on Photoshop and WordPress. Ugh.


Happy Valentine’s Day!

Posted by on Feb 14, 2009 in Experimental, Macro, Plants & Flowers | 7 comments

Wishing you a happy Valentine’s Day with a photo that is completely unlike my usual shots. I learned how to do partial desaturation/saturation last summer by playing around with this photo, which was taken in my backyard right after an afternoon shower. When I saw it again a few days ago, I just knew it had to go up today. Back to my usual stuff on Monday…